I look out my window and see the early morning sunshine. Paris, early on a sunny morning when it is not too cold and not too hot, is a magical place. The freshness infuses one with a feeling of well being, there will be a spring in your step, all that you see will be significant. After walking along rue de la Bûcherie in the cool shade, the bright sun of Square René-Viviani and the open face of Notre Dame bowls me over. I cross the square and sit for a moment in front of Shakespeare & Company. The Wallace fountain there forms a foreground for the majestic front of the cathedral. There aren't many people about but those that are are animated, full of purpose. I sit for a while in this spot. In my early years in Paris it was a refuge. I couldn't yet read French and just being inside Shakespeare & Company was a comfort. I bought many books here in those days. Just past the book store are several cafés. In front of Café le Petit Pont is a waiter who is enjoying the day as much as I am. He is twirling a menu and it is obviously something he has worked hard at and perfected. His routine is long and varied, I am so taken by it that I almost forget to capture the moment.
Clearly enjoying the morning, he has focused on the chance meeting taking place in front of him. His performance is aimed at the couple talking. “Come in, sit down, have a cup coffee and maybe a croissant” is his message. The moment is over in a flash, the couple is gone, the waiter goes inside and I move on, even more in love with Paris than ever.